Pictured above from left: Jimmy Simpson, STMA; Jonathan Allen, City of Clinton Parks & Rec; and Cindy Code, Project EverGreen.
Cleveland – Project EverGreen in partnership with Exmark Manufacturing and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) selected the Parks & Recreation Department of Clinton, North Carolina, as the winner of the “Our Winning Green Spaces” contest. The department received an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower package, valued at $15,000. Additionally, the city will earn a much-needed park facelift.
In their contest entry, Jonathan Allen, director of parks and recreation for Clinton, said budget cuts in maintenance combined with an aging park infrastructure and increased park usage by local youth baseball, softball, soccer and football teams have put a strain on the department to keep up with maintenance activities.
“The increased usage has placed more wear and tear on the natural turf fields and there is little to no down time for the fields to recuperate and be properly maintained,” Allen said. The new mowers will help Allen’s department better maintain the fields and provide a safer playing surface for young athletes. It will also be more aesthetically pleasing for visitors and residents to interact with one another.
“Project EverGreen is pleased to name the Clinton, North Carolina, Parks & Recreation Department be named the winner of the Our Winning Green Space contest,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “The work the department does on behalf of the community to deliver safer, greener and more accessible parks and recreational spaces need to be supported and we are glad to get behind their efforts.”
This summer, Project EverGreen, STMA and local volunteers will renovate a combination soccer/football field to withstand the stress of wear and tear on the field, and create a healthy, safe playing environment for kids.
Since 2015, Project EverGreen’s community-based renovation projects have revitalized more than 750,000 sq. ft. of athletic and recreational greens spaces in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee; North Chicago, Illinois; Belle Plaine, Minnesota; Greensboro and Durham, North Carolina, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Round Rock, Texas; East Harlem, New York; Hazlet, New Jersey, Portland, Oregon and San Marcos, California.